Them is an upcoming anthology series from Little Marvin and executive produced by Lena Waithe.
Amazon has released the official trailer for the first season of its new horror anthology series, Them. The ten-episode Amazon Original series, which was created by Little Marvin and executive produced by Lena Waithe, takes place in the 1950s and features a Black family who moves into an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during The Great Migration.
The show received a two-season order at Amazon last year. And the next season of Them will feature a new cast and a new setting.
This first season of Them stars Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, and Shahadi Wright, who is best known for playing Zora Wilson and Umbrae in Jordan Peele’s hit 2019 movie Us (which came out two years ago today.)
Speaking of Us, when the trailer for Them was released, social media users couldn’t help but point out some of the similarities between Them and Us. This includes the premise, the similar title, the similar posters, and the fact that Wright starred in both entities.
The social media reaction has been relentless:
Jordan Peele: US
Lena Waithe: Them.
Steven Spielberg: JAWS
Lena Waithe: Bite.
Spike Lee: DA 5 BLOODS
Lena Waithe: Thee 7 Crips
— Shanelle Genai (@shanellegenai) March 22, 2021
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) March 22, 2021
It’s funny bc the creators of Them lowkey copied the Us poster bar for bar even the font is similar. 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/ShD3KkY0pY
— 🤍𝐴𝑛𝑔𝑟𝑦 𝐵𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝐺𝑖𝑟𝑙™️🤍 (@BlackGirICinema) March 22, 2021
that Them trailer just passed on my TL and I realized Shahadi is in this movie too lmfao. always happy for a Black girl getting to the bag but Lena not even tryna hide how this is an Us ripoff 😩
— im not letting you be racist in peace (@caliphorniaqing) March 22, 2021
We should note that Waithe has taken the brunt of the criticism, despite the fact that she is only acting as executive producer. Marvin is the creator of show. And during an interview at SXSW he talked about the show’s origins:
“Like everyone, I’m thinking a lot about this country lately and the American dream. Who gets their keys to it, who, historically speaking, have not gotten their keys to it and why? There’s really no more quintessential part of the American dream than the dream of homeownership. Especially for Black folks, it’s a point of great pride. So exploring the nightmare beneath that dream was really at the beginning.”
He also added that he started working on the show, “a few years back” when a lot of videos of Black people “being terrorized in some way” were circulating around the internet.
We’ll say this: Don’t make any judgments until you watch the show yourself. Them drops on Prime Video on 9 April. Check out the trailer below.